One of my new favorite things is a styled engagement session. I like to think of them as a sneak peak, mini version of your big day. Ultimately, the concept is the same, just on a smaller scale.
When planning a wedding, you are trying to create an experience that encompasses your new life together; who you are as a couple and who you have been. It is both a reflection of each of you and a celebration of who you now are together. You invite your closest friends and family members to share in that experience. The point of a styled engagement session is to start that experience with your initial introduction of the merging of two lives into forever togetherness. Here are 3 tips I used when working with JC + Shelby to style their e-session with Cadey Reisner Weddings.
1. Tell the love story.
When I first spoke with Shelby, I asked her to tell me about how they had met, what they liked to do together, what she loved most about JC, etc. I needed learn who they were as a couple in order to plan their session. From their first meeting at Pactola where JC showed up in a Hawaiian shirt and peace sign sunglasses, it was clear they were going to spend a lot of time laughing together. Shelby described them as a couple who loves to be together doing things they love--hiking, golfing, traveling, wake surfing, skiing, eating Armadillo's strawberry butter icecream, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends and family--just to name a few. From this, I was inspired to incorporate a few of their favorites into the session: the great outdoors, an easy and relaxed couch scene, and Armadillo's ice cream :)
2. Use the color palette.
Shelby shared her wedding inspiration board with me and it was filled with all things berry toned and dark, teal green. I immediately thought of Cheryl and some new velvet green pillows I had just purchased. She also mentioned that she would be using these photos for save the date cards. Thus, using this color palette would make a well curated and seamless transition between engagement announcements and wedding invites.
3. Incorporate the vision.
This e-session needed to highlight JC + Shelby's couple personality while foreshadowing their big day. Shelby's inspiration board had a well defined vision that is best defined as romantic boho. Pairing classic romantic style and colors with boho vibes, this style is both eclectic and refined. The red velvet couch and antiqued brass accents pair perfectly with the boho elements of a rustic crate, an entirely greenery bouquet, and Shelby's lace maxi.
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